Don't be a one trick pony

Don't be a one trick pony
Don't be a one trick pony

Bill Watkins

For about four weeks, speckled trout were bunched up in Light House Cove. Almost everyone who fished on that reef caught trout. All one had to do was figure out where to be on what tide and the fish would finally swim by. Boats were far back into the middle of the cove in the shallow areas and still others anchored up right on top of the reef and some tried to anchor on the drop-off into the ship channel and still others crisscrossed the reef with their trolling motors. At first there were just a few boats, then when the word came out on Facebook and text and crowds soon came. The fish were there from mid-May through mid-June before they moved again.

It is the fresh water inflow from both our big rivers that create this bunching up of the trout. Light House Cove is situated near where the sea water and fresh waters are fighting for supremacy. Trout that are trying to move in from the Gulf of Mexico and resident trout that live in Sabine Lake all meet in the ship channel at Sabine Pass where there is enough salinity to satisfy their needs. As long as the bait stays there, the trout stay there. Our spring rains are normally heavy enough inland to swell the huge reservoirs to the north and necessitate releases which of course runs right into Sabine Lake. This pushes a lot of our resident specks down to Sabine Pass either through the ship channel or the lake itself. As soon as the rivers start to fall and the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico begins to overcome the fresh water flow, the fish will move north. In most typical years this happens in early to mid-June when the spring rains dry up. This year, although a little wetter than normal, is a fairly typical year and right on schedule, the trout have moved north. Most of our fish and bait want to move inland in the spring and early summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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